5 Wine Farms Less Than 30 Minutes Away
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South Africa is famous for its wines, and luckily, we have quite a few within half an hour from the property! If you want to sample some of the finest wines in the world, here are your first 5 stops:
If you’d like an alternative view of Table Mountain and Table Bay, head over to Durbanville Hills, as they have spectacular views of both. The winery has been around since the late 1990s and its first vintage is from 1999. The on-site restaurant, Tangram, is award-winning and serves breakfast and lunch all week, with dinner being served Tuesday to Saturday evenings.
Klein Roosboom offers a unique wine-tasting experience which can take place in one of their wine tasting caves, each with its own distinct theme. Each wine of theirs is dedicated to a specific family member and on the back of the bottle you can find a letter written to this family member. A visit to Jéan Restaurant will see you having a delicious meal amongst the beautiful vineyards.
Nitida has won many awards, not only for their boutique wines, but also for their wine labels. The labels were illustrated by hand, using ink made from Nitida tree leaves, and incorporates imagery of local flora. Enjoy their wine and something to eat at Cassia Restaurant or Tables at Nitida.
Meerendal Wine Estate
The first vines were planted at Meerendal in 1702 and have grown to encompass 150 000 vines since then. The estate’s wine is made special by a few elements: a unique cool climate, fertile and predominantly clay soils, a variety of elevations and orientations of landscape, proximity to the ocean, constant winds, and a Mediterranean climate. With a tasting room and two restaurants, Meerendal promises a memorable experience.
De Grendel gets its name from its location at the ‘grendel’ or ‘bolt’ between Cape Town and Tygerberg when the Dutch first settled. At 350 metres above sea level, De Grendel offers a beautiful view of Table Mountain and Cape Town. Enjoy the view and a delicious meal at the restaurant, which increasingly works towards using fresh produce from the farm. As a bonus, we thought we would include two wine farms you can visit if you are willing to go the extra mile! So, without further ado…
Groote Post Winery (45 minutes)
Situated near the lovely town of Darling, Groote Post Winery offers a wine farm outside of the hustling and bustling city. Whether you are looking for a wine tasting experience, an exciting farm drive, or a spot where you can do some bird watching, Groote Post has it all. Be sure to head to Hilda’s Kitchen, where you can try their menu which changes daily – a unique experience every time. Or you can purchase a picnic platter and relax while taking in the stunning views.
Riebeek Valley Wine Co (60 minutes)
Riebeek Valley Wine Co has been showing off everything the gorgeous Swartland has to offer since 1941. Due to the varying soils, sea levels, and weather, as well as the different wine makers Riebeek Valley Wine Co partners with, the wines on sale are diverse with something to suit everyone’s taste buds. The company is always happy to discuss collaborations with other wine makers.
Staying in the Cape Town region means that you are never far away from a wine farm gem. If you are willing to drive out a bit further, we recommend the Stellenbosch and Franschhoek region, as well as Groot Constantia towards the southern suburbs. Speak to our friendly staff at reception if you are looking for further recommendations or directions. And don’t forget to share and tag us in your wine-tasting experiences!
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